At first glance, this looks like the perfect Christmas present for Cuban music enthusiasts: a finely packaged box set that includes three CDs, released to mark what would have been the 100th birthday last month of the great singer and guitarist who became best known for his work with the Buena Vista Social Club, and who enjoyed worldwide success until his death in 2003 at the age of 95. But it's not quite what it seems. It's described as an "exhaustive overview" of Segundo's work, but it only covers his final recordings from 1996-2003. Which is unfortunate, for this is surely the right time to release a comprehensive retrospective of his extraordinary career.
The music of The Lord of the Rings film series was composed, orchestrated, conducted and produced by Howard Shore. Shore wrote many hours of music for The Lord of the Rings, 10 hours of which have been released in the Complete Recordings CD/DVD boxed sets. Additional music, including alternate and unused compositions, was released with the book The Music of the Lord of the Rings. Shore composed the music in an emotional, operatic way, threading through the scores over 90 identified leitmotifs, which are categorized by the Middle-earth cultures to which they relate. The scores for The Fellowship of the Ring and The Return of the King won Academy Awards in 2002 and 2004. The latter film also won an Oscar statuette for Best Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and Best Original Song.
2007 digitally remastered double CD featuring CSN' Stephen Stills' three mid-'70s studio albums. Stills was released in 1975, followed one year later by Illegal Stills. Fans had to wait another two years until the release of Thoroughfare Gap (1978). This two disc set comes in a slimline double jewelbox housed in a slip case featuring extensive liner notes.
2007 issued fantastic 3CD collection from one of the biggest dance brands back from the 90's! "In The Mix" was the brainchild of Mark Goodier and expertly mixed at his Wise Buddah Studios and was one of the 90's big success stories. The brand was successfully revived in the noughties with the release of "In The Mix-Revival" in 2005, selling over 130k. In 2007, the popularity for all things retro has prompted a wave of "Old Skool" / retro dance releases. It's a virtual 90's greatest hits from Adamski (ft. Seal), Xpansions, 808State, Altern8, Bassheads, Shamen, Awesome 3, Moby, Nomad, Atlantic Ocean, Inner City, Prodigy, Rozalla, FSOL, 2 Unlimited, Ten City, Bass-O-Matic, Reese Project, Robin S, Felix, FPI Project, 49ers, Messiah, Quadrophonia, Shades Of Rhythm, SL2 and many many more!
Runnin' Down A Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is an epic four-hour documentary feature in which Tom Petty, interviewed on camera, reveals anecdotal details about his band's development and quirks. Petty's laid back and somewhat self-effacing manner is quite appealing, as he talks about the good moments and some of the bad moments he and his musical cohorts have experienced.